Irish artist Ben Reel released his eagerly awaited 7th studio album in May 2015 simply titled `7th’ which is a real rock’n’record backed by his magnificent band.
Like the previous album `Darkness & the Light’ released in 2013 the current album 7th was recorded & produced by Ben in his home studio in Co.Armagh, Ireland. Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, receiving critical acclaim from radio & press from around the world.
Ben’s music has evolved into an honest earthy sound that has matured like a fine wine, drawing from the well of different styles of musical influence from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/Americana, country & reggae which fuses all these genres into a melting pot to create a great sound which has become his own.
In the past years he has had numerous high profile TV & Radio appearances and airplay under his belt including Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 and has supported names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, the legendary ‘Blockheads’, award winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and co wrote and performed with some of Nashville’s finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb, Irene Kelley.
In 2011 Ben played a number of showcase gigs at Folk alliance in Memphis TN and in 2013 he toured in the U.S & UK with Tommy Womack (Nashville) as a duo & In 2014 his band toured as double bill with legendary American folk singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the UK.
Over the last 10 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Ireland, UK, Europe & U.S receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing fan base. His band includes amongst the finest musicians in Ireland, Michael Black on Drums, Ronnie O’Flynn on bass, Mick McCarney on guitar and his wife Julieanne Reel on backing vocals & percussion. With this line up they have built up a loyal following.
The band have previously graced big festivals such as Huntenpop in the Netherlands, Kilkenny rhythm & roots, Cork jazz festival, Robin Hood folk festival in Nottinghamshire and have also appeared for the first time at Ireland’s premiere music festival “Electric Picnic” in 2014. Work has commenced on a new album due for release in September 2017.
`Ben is a singer-songwriter from South Armagh with a mighty band behind him, the sound is sometimes reminiscent of Dylan and The Band.’
Dai Jeffries (Folking.com) May 2015
`In days of yore there used to be something called ‘good time rock ‘n’ roll’. With 7th, Ben Reel’s just reinvented it. ‘ ****
Pete Whalley – Get ready to rock Sept 2015
`Certainly the South Armagh man shows no sign of flagging on this self-produced 14-track set – and that goes for his impressive band as well. Reel’s 2013 Darkness and the Light album was strong, but this is better balanced and more consistent.’
Joe Breen – The Irish Times – 4/5 stars album review of 7th/ May 2015
`Fine return from Northern Ireland’s premier exponent of American roots’
Colm O’Hare- Hotpress – June 2015
2018 – Lands of scape
2015 – `7th’
2013 – `Darkness & the Light’
2013 – Beyond Relief (Ben Reel & Lebab)
Raise Your Glass Now
U Look to Me
2012 – 10 (1999-2009 Compilation)
2011 – This Christmas Time
2009 – Time To Get Real